A 60th birthday commission

closeup of portrait of man

This commission was fun from start to finish. Gus made contact with me, having been given a portrait of himself for his 60th birthday by his family. Although we didn’t actually know each other, there were so many connections between us – he is the bursar at my old school – which both my sisters … Read more

Remembering Georgina – a love story

Posthumous Portraits I am emphatic that I only ever do portraits from photos that I have taken. This is not only to ensure that I have the quality of image that I need, but also to meet the subject, establish a rapport, and have that ‘sitting’ as an aide-memoire when it comes to actually painting … Read more

Sibling portraits, 15 years later

portraits of siblings

Aeons ago, when our children were at the same nursery school in Shepton Beauchamp, Tam and Dan Mason commissioned me to do pastel portraits of their children, Max and Izzie. Fast forward 15 or so years and the ever youthful Tam – of the wonderful Tam Mason Handscrub fame – is about to turn 50. … Read more

Tony – rock manager and all round legend

Head of Tony

I was lucky enough to meet this incredible man in the spring of 2018. Commissioned by his wife, Jane, to paint her 80 year old husband, Tony, I had done a little research before arriving at their beautiful estate in Somerset with all my kit for the sitting. Enough to realise that he was my … Read more

Capturing the captivating Claudia in pastel

The Sitter An enchanting 6 year old, Claudia has a timelessness that is captivating. She is engaging and curious, but has a gentleness and stillness that belies her years. I thoroughly enjoyed every stage of this portrait. And am looking forward to meeting her sister Agatha in 2 years time for her portrait. Sometimes, I … Read more

Pastel Portraits of Two Brothers

An interesting commission this, from a friend and fellow artist who had studied at the same school – Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. It is always difficult to draw one’s own children with the necessary degree of objectivity, so Katie had entrusted me to capture them. But obviously with shortage of expectation. No pressure then! … Read more

Oil Portrait of a Pony-Mad Young Girl

The Sitter Isla is the oldest of 4 children. At 12,  the adolescent is lurking in the wings but she is still delightfully young and sweet and in the full swing of pony madness. She arrived, as instructed, with lots of changes of clothes and various props including some rosettes and, rather charmingly, her teddybear. … Read more

Portraits of Two Brothers

Oil portraits of two brothers

I absolutely loved this commission. On paper it was potentially full of complications. Portraits of 2 brothers – one of 15, one of 9. The 15 year old is very much a young man, tall and long-limbed and rather camera shy. The 8 year old – a chorister at Salisbury cathedral – is a young … Read more

Scrumpy – The Artist’s Dog

Scrumpy is the first small dog I have ever owned. I had never particularly liked small dogs, preferring instead the big labs. But then I met her mother, Scrappy, the most heavenly long-haired jack russell. (You can read all about her here) and my canine tastes changed irrevocably. Scrumpy, Scrappy’s daughter from a 2nd litter, was … Read more

Portraits of Twins

Oil portraits of twins displayed side by side

This was a fascinating commission. Two individual portraits of twins. When painting siblings, I always try and ensure that the paintings work both separately and collectively. This means choosing poses that work together so that the children aren’t all facing the same way (like sitting on a bus). With twins, and the added closeness that … Read more

Informal Pastel Portrait of Roddy – a Larger than Life Military Historian

informal pastel portrait of a military historian

  When Roddy came to pick up the portrait of his wife, Sian, there was a general consensus that really it was only right and fitting that he should have a portrait painted of himself.    But rather than have a matching “his ‘n hers”, he felt that his portrait should be completely different. Where her … Read more

Pastel Portrait of Yasmin

  About the Sitter Yasmin H was my youngest daughter’s best friend at primary school and a regular and much loved in our house. Even at 7, she was extraordinarily beautiful – olive-skinned, greeny-hazel eyed and wonderful leonine hair; but she was also kind, gentle, serene, warm and loyal. And absurdly talented at whatever she turned her … Read more

Sian and Dolly – Portrait of a Lady with her Dog

Oil portrait of a lady with her dog

  Sian de N burst into my life when she turned up for a head and shoulders sitting, bringing her devoted border terrier, Dolly, along for the ride. Sian is one of the most fun and energetic women I have met in years and we hit it off famously and felt like old friends within … Read more

Oil Portrait of a Personable Young Man – William A-M

  The Sitter William is a warm, likeable, quietly confident young man who, as I finished this portrait, was celebrating his 18th birthday and completing his A levels. I had painted his sister, Catriona, 18 months previously – one of my favourite portraits. Now I wanted to paint an equally good portrait of William that would stand … Read more

A Young Girl and her Dog

An oil portrait of a young girl and her spaniel

  The Story This was a really enjoyable and unusual commission. I was contacted by Helena’s grandfather, Peter back in October, 2014. About 100 years ago, in the early 1900’s, Helena’s great-grandmother, Beatrice Irene, was painted at 7 with her dog, a terrier, by the renowned Edwardian portrait artist Edmond Brock. Three generations later and at … Read more

Oil Sketch of an Elderly Man wearing a Scarf

I spent a wonderful and very productive 4 days at the Summerleaze Gallery Studios in Wiltshire. Four days of having a variety of models at our disposal under the watchful and extremely helpful eye of portrait artist Anthony Connolly. This was a small slice of heaven for me. Undiluted portrait paradise. The models were chosen for … Read more

Scrappy – A Pastel Sketch of The Most Beloved Jack Russell Terrier

  The Story Scrappy is responsible for my having 2 Jack Russell terriers. For two reasons. Firstly, historically, I had always had big dogs. Didn’t really ‘do’ small dogs. Ankle-biting yapping things that follow big bottomed handsome women of a certain age, as far as I was concerned.  Then I met Scrappy. And within minutes I knew without … Read more

Oil Portrait of a Serene Young Woman – Catriona A-M

  The Idea About 18 months ago, while I was painting the huge portrait of my sister, Antonia Davies, I was visited in my studio by Jilly, a friend of my mother’s who was interested in commissioning a portrait of her then 17 year old granddaughter, Catriona. The Initial Meeting We agreed that it would be … Read more

Olivia H at 15 – Pastel head and shoulders portrait of a teenage girl

Pastel portrait of a teenage girl

I have known Olivia since she was 10. She is the older sister of my youngest’s best friend at primary school from some years ago.  Always in and out of each other’s houses, our two families were great friends. But since the girls moved on to different secondary schools, our paths hadn’t crossed so much and it … Read more

Oil Portraits of Four Children

This is a family of four enchanting Irish children that I have just finished painting – 6 months of work. It was a very interesting and challenging commission with the children’s age ranging is from 11 down to 4 years old. The challenge was to produce 4 individual oil portraits of these highly individual children that had cohesion as a set. … Read more

Pastel Portrait of a Young Girl – The Delicious Bella

  I had previously done a pastel head and shoulders of both of Bella’s brothers, and that was what was planned for Bella. But when she walked into my studio dressed in an extraordinary and very carefully chosen outfit: party dress with full veil petticoat, favourite sparkly scuffed shoes (one with a bow missing), silver … Read more

Mollie and Gracie – Pastel Portrait Drawings of Two Small Dogs

Small in stature, but by no means small in personality – quirky and quite delicious – Gracie and Mollie were a joy to draw. I felt that pastel was the more suitable medium here for these two dogs as their energy, characters and hairy coats are better represented by a pastel portrait drawing. Normally, with dog portraits, I draw just the … Read more

Corporate Portrait of John Davy – Retired Chairman of Davy’s Wine Merchants

corporate portrait - oil on canvas

This oil portrait of John Davy, former Chairman of Davy’s Wine Merchants, in London was commissioned by his son, James, the current Chairman, to hang in the Boardroom. Whilst this is a corporate portrait, with a certain gravitas to honour his importance to this family company, it was also very important to convey the warmth and … Read more